Review: Darkness Before Dawn

Apr •  23 •  2012
Review: Darkness Before DawnDarkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Published by HarperTeen on May 29th 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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"This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series."


 This book really had me hooked. Written beautifully, I am able to step into a world of darkness and full of blood driven vampires.
I have to say that the new books that are coming out with vampires are certainly coming out fresh and new. I loved that this book contains elements of dystopia as well as paranormal. Nothing is old. Everything is fresh and totally addicting. The plot is the best part of the book. We have delegate who meets with the vampire lord and negotiates. I love this idea right here. Dawn is not some stupid girl. She is a girl raised in politics and knows what needs to be down. I like that despite the fear that has been driven into her over and over again, she is strong. As long as Dawn cities meets requirements, they are protected from the vamps. Or are they…
There are other characters in the book take the son Victor who really captured my eye. I knew right off the bat that he was different from all the rest. To see him come into power and step into a whole new era. Now, this love interest in quite intriguing. From the minute the meet it;s fire works all over the place. Not to mention the whole forbidden love aspects really kicks it in. What I especially adored was how both were able to maintain the facade that they have been playing all along. They meet in secret then go back as if they never met. Another words, they played both their parts well.
Darkness Before Dawn is a story that will whisk you away to a place you never been before. It’s clever and keeps the reader on their toes. Let me just tell you that the less you know, the more you will come to enjoy it. Darkness Before Dawn is a great read!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. The cover! Your review! I’ve been wanting more books that are different in the vamp genre. Plus it’s dark. Total win!

  2. Alison Can Read
    Apr 24, 2012

    I’m liking the new vampire books too. I’m glad to see this paranormal creature revived. Dawn sounds like a great character.

    • Savannah Valdez
      Apr 24, 2012

      Me too Alison. For a while it was getting old.